By Eric Lim
The Chao Phraya River boats provide
regular, tourist, express and charter boat services for a leisurely
river cruise or to stop and see places of historical interest along the
Types of Chao Phraya River boats
Here are the various types of boats services available on the Chao Phraya River.
Non-express passenger boats (no flag)
Regular Chao Phraya River boat services operate everyday at all piers from N 30 Nonthaburi to S 3 Wat Ratchasingkorn from
0620 – 0805 and 1500 - 1730 hours every 20 minutes.
Fare based on distance at 10/12/14 baht.
This is the most convenient service for those who like to plan their own destinations and travel at their own time.
Chao Phraya tourist boats
Chao Phraya tourist boats ply everyday from 0930 – 1600 hours, departing every 30 minutes, from Sathorn to nine other piers near major tourist attractions. Day passes at 150 baht each are good value for unlimited trips for the day.
To get to the Sathorn Pier, take the Bangkok skytrain to the Taksin Bridge station.
Chao Phraya Express Boats
Express river boats – orange flag
Everyday 0600 – 1900 hours
Fare 15 baht
Stops at 18 piers
N30 N24 N22 N21 N18 N19 N15 N13 N12 N10 N9 N6 N5 N3 N1 Sathorn, S2 Wat Worajanyarat, S4 Wat Ratchasingkorn
Express river boats – yellow flag
The yellow flag express boats run only during peak hours in the mornings and evenings at selected piers primarily for workers and students. Not too convenient for first-timers, though seasoned visitors might find it useful. If it suits your travel plans, here it is.
Mondays – Fridays
0615 – 0830 hours and 1500 – 2000 hours
Fare 20/29 baht
Stops at 11 piers
N30 N24 N22 N15 N12 N10 N5 N3 Sathorn, S3 Wat Ratchasingkorn, S4 Ratcha Burana
Chao Phraya boat rental service
Boats are available for rent for groups of 20 – 120. Prices range from 2,000 – 5,000 baht per hour depending on the type of boat. More details are at the Chao Phraya Express Boat booth at Sathorn Pier.
Choose the boat service that suits your travel needs for an enjoyable river cruise and tour of the Chao Phraya River.
To return to Bangkok river cruise.
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